Amid the lonesome pines of an Idaho logging camp, young Dory Callahan was like a burst of bright sunshine -- even when she had to tolerate the scorn of her wealthy, mean-spirited half brothers each day of her life . . . . Dory was proud, not ashamed of her toddler, even though the child's father was the son of a rival mill owner and had died before Dory could marry him.
Now, big, rangy Benton Waller rode into her life. He was a man with secrets, a face that showed too much sorrow, and a shy, silent daughter, who clung like a shadow to his side. But even as he offered his love, Dory felt fierce emotions gathering like a summer storm. For soon there would be gunfire set off by hatred, greed, and fear -- and passion's fire between her and the one man who could help her fight for her dreams.